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Being Australian What is the Australian National Identity Who can decide what it is Who is truly Australian These questions have been asked throughout this countrys short life Many have different views on what is what but I believe that you cant really just say well this is what an Australian is and thats that But there are definitely unique qualities about Australians that are evident The booklet entitled Being Australian has many different representations on what is Australian these are the images that came from that booklet During the colonial era many of the true Australian qualities were shown They showed resourcefulness independence mateship egalitarianism and endurance to name a fewDistinct Australian qualitiestraits were seen to be identifiable and reflected the democratic and egalitarian values and aspirations of the people There were other people with very strong views on what is Australian By the term Australian we mean not just those who have been merely born in Australia All white men who come to these shores- with a clean record- and who leave behind them the memory of class distinctions and the religious differences of the old world all men who place the happiness the prosperity the advancement of their adopted country before the interests of imperialism are Australian Then there were other people like Henry Lawson who described the typical Australian as having pessimism callousness atheism and stoic endurance But unfortunately according to Fred Broomfields Henry Lawson is not the seizer and historian of the typical Australian simply because there is no such beingBut these things are common to all isolated people Fred Broomfields also wrote that there is the typical small town Australian The climate breeds a desire for out-of-door exercise Men will transact business under verandahs and make appointments at the corners of streets The evening stroll will be an institutionThe boys brought up outside their homeslearn to roam and as they conquer difficulties for
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